Mexico claimed a FIFA World Championship crown for the first time in their history as they won the U-17 title at the start of October with an emphatic 3-0 win over reigning champions Brazil at Peru 2005. Mexico's Carlos Vela struck for the fifth time in the final to secure the adidas Golden Shoe award as top scorer of the tournament.

Brazil's Anderson, sadly supported by crutches, collected the adidas Golden Ball for the Player of the Tournament and Korea DPR were handed the fair-play trophy. Netherlands gained revenge for losing the European U-17 final by beating Turkey 2-1 in the third place play-off.

In a month where most of the qualifiers became known for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ (see below), FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter travelled to Uruguay with a high-level delegation for celebrations to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first ever FIFA World Cup finals.

Tunisia's Etoile Sahel and Egypt's Al Ahly played out a goalless draw in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final, leaving the second leg delicately poised in November to determine who Africa's representatives would be at the FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005. The same could be said in Asia, where Saudi Arabian defending champions Al Ittihad needed a penalty five minutes from time to earn a 1-1 draw at Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final.

FIFA's Development programme was given a boost with the release Goal! The Movie, which had its premiere in Zurich in October. The big-screen story of Mexican prospect Santiago Munez (played by Kuno Becker) benefits the Development programme as 2% of the proceeds from the film have been set aside to assist football projects around the globe.

England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney became the latest high-profile supporter of another FIFA assistance programme when he was named as an ambassador for 'FIFA for SOS Children's Villages', backing the '6 villages for 2006' campaign.

In the gaming world, England's Michael Barrett, Brazil's Bruno Carriço de Azevedo and Yoon Seo Park of Korea Republic qualified for the Grand Final of the 2005 FIFA Interactive World Cup to be held in London in December after winning regional events in their respective countries.

FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking
Of the 27 teams that had qualified for Germany 2006 at this point, 14 featured among the top 20 and another 11 were ranked between 21 and 50. Ghana (51st) and Angola (60th) were the only two qualifiers not in the top 50. Uruguay, Ghana and Wales were the biggest movers of the month in October.

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany
The final chapter of the preliminary competition for the 2006 FIFA World Cup was written in October, with an epilogue of play-off conclusions to follow in November to determine the last spots available. Africa produced four brand new qualifiers in Togo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Angola, while France were perhaps the most relieved of the group winners in Europe, edging Switzerland into the play-offs in a tight Group 4. Costa Rica snapped up the last berth from the CONCACAF zone. Paraguay and Ecuador joined Brazil and Argentina as South American qualifiers, forcing Uruguay into a play-off against Oceania winners Australia. Bahrain set-up a showdown against Trinidad and Tobago in another far-flung double-headed decider yet to come. 

Key Dates:
3 Oct
- Mexico win FIFA U-17 World Championship

3-7 Oct - FIFA international futsal seminar, Madrid

13 Oct - Shortlist of 30 male and 24 female players named in the running for the FIFA World Player 2005 and FIFA Women's World Player 2005 awards

28 Oct - International Olympic Committee increases the number of women's teams competing at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Football Tournament from 10 to 12

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